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drank Tummy Soother by Friday Afternoon
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Sample Sipdown

December Sipdown Challenge – a wellness tea

It doesn’t help my numbers at all since I don’t add samples and swaps to my cupboard, but this has been sitting around for too long and needed to go.

I didn’t have a tummy ache. I just wanted something without caffeine before bed, so I can’t speak for how well it works for stomach issues.

As a taste experience, it was not what I was looking for at that moment. It was extremely earthy, probably from the sage. I didn’t hate it but the flavor wouldn’t make me buy it. If it does wonders for stomach aches, I would definitely drink it when in need.

Please keep in mind that my sample was very old before you judge this tea solely by this note!

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drank Vanilla Nut by Teeccino
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December Sipdown Challenge – Dec. 21: Winter Solstice – drink your darkest tea

I tried to keep a theme for this the shortest day of the year today. I did my darkest tea by color, which is this one, and a tea that has rich, dark flavor for breakfast (Pleine Lune), and a tea that brightens my heart…well, it wasn’t the tea itself that does, but rather having a tea party with two little students.

So beginning with this one – next time it will be a sipdown. This was probably the first Teeccino I had and I am pretty sure it was the first one I bought. It steeps up as dark as coffee. We have been having it at night with milk and sugar added, and sometimes with whipped cream and sprinkles on top. I serve it in big glass mugs with a handle. I suppose they are intended for Irish Whiskey? Not sure.

This is dark in color and also has those bass notes going on for flavor. I think Mocha is my very favorite of the Teeccino blends I have tried, but this one is probably running a close second.

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I got a surprise package from derk, who must have remembered how much I liked this tea! It was wonderful to have it again, and I even made a special lunch to go with it. My Chop Suey mix greens somehow survived these last couple of cold nights so I made a miso and dumpling soup to accompany the tea.

The dry leaf consists of thin needles of deep but vibrant green. I started measuring with a spoon and decided to add more leaf, plucking it out of the bag with my fingers. The leaf are stiff and straight and yet they feel so silky, as if there is no friction at all when you handle them and they glide over your skin. I would say smooth as glass but that makes me think of cold, which just doesn’t fit. It fascinated me.

The steeped leaves are still a vibrant color, deep green, and looked so good that I plucked one out and ate it. Next time I think I will put some of them in my soup.

There was no bitterness, only fullness, roundness, powerful life.

Thank you, derk!


Tea that’s fun to fidget with!

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This is a repurchase for sure. This was still well before its “best by” date and I am sad to see it go. It is such an awesome tea with breakfast or with sweets. This morning I made cookies and treated myself to a few with tea after lunch. What a pleasure.

This is perfect to me just as it is, but Ashman considers it strong and would add milk and sugar if I served it to him, but sometimes a tea that is too strong for me (usually brisk Assam) won’t phase him, but the bottom line is that this is one I enjoy when I am sipping alone.

Another one to order sometime in the spring after a few more sipdowns!

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drank Yume by Lupicia
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But it is a sad sipdown. I love this tea. I will re-order when my cupboard gets lower, maybe in about three months or so! Early Christmas gifts have brought my cupboard back over 100 and I know there are a few more to come, but by March or April I should hopefully hit my goal…except for the birthday tea I will get in March. Oops.

This black tea is delicious by itself or with food. It is fruity with a little smooth vanilla. They say it is delicious with milk but I have never added any milk or sugar to it.

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drank Carol by Lupicia
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I won’t count this as a sipdown but I will use it for the…

December Sipdown Challenge Prompt – a holiday tea

I did finish a pouch of this tea that we bought last year, but this is a staple for us and replacement pouches of both this and the decaf version are already here.

Very similar to Frasier, this has coconut added which makes just a bit richer and sweeter.

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December Sipdown Challenge – a flavored black tea

This is not a sipdown, quite the contrary. It is a freshly opened tin of tea that I received for Christmas from Superanna and her husband. When I added it to cupboard, I saw that the first time I had it, it was a gift from her then-fiancé eleven years ago.

I had this with breakfast. I love almond flavor and this is one where it is mimics slightly tart cherry so well. This is a tea with oresence, good to go with food and good for mornings when you want to NOTICE the tea you are drinking.

Lots of happy deep sniffs of the cup. Thank you to Superanna and her husband!

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I enjoy floral teas. Very much.

A couple of years ago, Superanna gave me a jelly calked Jardin du Luxembourg from Dammann Freres. It was soooo floral. I really enjoyed with cheese and crackers, or cheese and toast.

I had never heard of tea flavored jellies at that time and it took me a minute (okay, a lot more than a minute) to realize that if they had a jelly by that name then they must also have a tea by that name. I looked it up and immediately added it to my wishlist.

When I opened my gift and sniffed this, it was absolutely identical to the scent of the jelly. This is rich, decadent, heady perfume. I am delighted to have this on shelf.

Thank you, Superanna! <3

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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December Sipdown Challenge – tea with a red ingredient

I was craving something special tonight and this was just the thing. The first time I had it, I had no idea what was in it but I knew I recognized the savory element. I was surprised to find rosemary in a tea with cherry. It was delicious and I was pretty happy when I saw that it came in a decaf version as well.

The pink peppercorns are bright and red. They lend a little warmth but are not hot. They look really pretty in the mix.

This pouch is almost all gone, but this is going on my re-order list. I wilk hiod off until the cupboard is a little lower! I have three teas teetering near the edge of sipdown and will make lots of tea tomorrow when the family comes, hopefully bringing me closer to the 2023 goal. (Even though I don’t expect to meet the goal!)

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The first time I tried this, I was not wowed by it. It seemed a little harsh. The other tea I ordered at the same time but don’t remember the name of, I liked better as did Superanna who was trying it with me, so I gave it to her since my whole reason for ordering these was to let her try different Japanese teas before she goes to Japan.

Today one of my students gave me a kurinuki cup that she made herself as a Christmas gift, so of course I wanted to use the cup with an authentic Japanese green tea! I prepared the tea very carefully this time with low temp water (around 155F) and a short steep, and it was so good.

The cup was really neat to drink from. The shape is irregular by nature and we had to get to know each other. The cup and I found the best spot to sip from which also suited my hand position holding the cup perfectly.

I will enjoy the remainder of this tea infinitely more with the cup as its companion!


What a lovely gift!


I will try to post a link to a pic if I remember my flicker password! Lol

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about fourteen years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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